Abandoned Construction Projects in Africa

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An abandoned construction project can be defined as a project which has been 1) totally abandoned, or 2) indefinitely delayed. Abandonment may happen at any stage of a project life-cycle and incur a significant amount of loss.

There are various reasons why construction projects are abandoned:

  • Inadequate planning
  • Inadequate finance
  • Inflation
  • Bankruptcy of Contractor
  • Variation of project scope
  • Political factor
  • Delaying in payment
  • Incompetent project manager
  • Wrong estimate
  • Faulty design
  • Inadequate cost control
  • Change of priority
  • Unqualified/inexperience Consultants
  • Administrative/legal action
  • Disputes
  • Natural Disasters

The effects of construction projects are mainly:

  • Unemployment
  • Bad image for government
  • Government sector underdevelopment
  • Slow economic growth
  • Financial institutions lose confidence in the state
  • Discourages investment
  • Loss of revenue by state

Here are a few construction projects that have been abandoned and the reasons:

1. The Ghana-STX Building Project, a $10 billion housing project – The project was supposed to lead to the construction of 200,000 houses in Ghana for over 5 years. From research findings, causes of failure of the project were due mostly to disunity, lack of effective governance and project control. Corruption was also a feature.

2.  Mususu Kalenga Building in Zambia – The structure was built at a cost of K400 million by the Zambia State Insurance Corporation and sold to Royal Lutanda Company Limited at K800 million in 2000. The 11-storey building has remained abandoned for over 25 years. There is no indication as to why it was never completed.


3.    900-1000MW Coal Power Plant at Lamu in Lamu County, Kenya – Kenya’s National Environment Tribunal revoked the license granted to the Power Company to build a coal power plant, due to the companies failure to do a thorough environment and social impact assessment (ESIA) that met the requirements of the law.

4.    Construction of a 20,000 seat capacity stadium in Mongu District in Zambia – The government abandoned its plans for the Mongu Stadium most likely due to lack of funding.

5.    Grand Police Bay Hotel, Seychelles – There was a lot of backlash regarding this project and the government decided to not proceed with its plans.

6.    Al-Noor Tower, Casablanca, Morocco – The 540m high skyscraper was to include a luxury hotel,  offices, apartments, an art gallery and a luxury arcade of shops. The client, Middle East Development LLC decided to not proceed with the development stating that a tower if this size was not an appropriate project for Morocco at the moment.

7.    Hope City – A mixed-use development in Ghana – With a downturn in the economy, relocation of the project, and erratic power supply, work on the project never got underway. RLG Communications, the Ghanaian tech company which was supposed to be spearheading the project was itself caught up in various scandals. To date, nothing further has happened with this development.

8.    Pinewood Uranium Project, Tanzania – Kibo Mining (AIM: KIBO; AltX: KBO) announced on 24th February 2017 that it will cease activities at its Pinewood and Morogoro uranium coal and gold projects with immediate effect. The reason behind this strategic choice is in that both Metal Tiger and Kibo Mining have experienced considerable success in other projects of their business portfolio and this has led to these interests becoming the absolute focus of each company.

9.    Construction of sewers, roads and infrastructural services for 360 plots in Kazungula Village and at Nnyungwe area in Kasane, Botswana – Government mysteriously abandons the P80 Million tender as works near completion and this sparks corruption rumours.

Sources:
Research Gate – Abandoned
Research Gate – Government
PM World Library
The Gazette
L2B


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Featured Project: The Cedar – Building

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The Cedar – Building (Western Cape)

Description
Construction of 15 apartments and 3 exclusive penthouse apartments for The Cedar development which will be a 5-storey building at 6 Firdale Avenue, Gardens, Cape Town in the Western Cape. The development will consist of 13 one-bedroom apartments (40m² – 59m² including a terrace); 2 two-bedroom apartments; (62m² including a terrace); 3 two-bedroom penthouses (152m² – 206m² each including a terrace and roof-deck). Estimated GPS Coordinates: -33.935708, 18.402804

 

Status Region
Awarded Cape Town
Category Value
Building R61 Million – R100 Million
Industry Timing
Residential April 2020 onwards. TBC
Sector Class
Private Negotiated


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Featured Project: The Rubik – Building

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The Rubik – Building(Western Cape)

Description
Construction of the proposed 27-storey mixed-use development known as The Rubik, situated at 19 Loop Street in Cape Town, Western Cape. The development will consist of luxurious penthouses, apartments, offices, retail outlets and restaurants. Estimated GPS Coordinates: -33.919247, 18.421625

 

Status Region
Design Cape Town
Category Value
Building R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Retail, Office & Commercial, Residential 2020 onwards
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated


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Why you should safely dispose of Asbestos

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Firstly… let’s start with understanding what asbestos is. 

Asbestos is a term used to refer to six naturally occurring silicate minerals. All are composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, each fibre is composed of many microscopic ‘fibrils’ that can be released into the atmosphere by abrasion and other processes. Asbestos fibres are naturally resistant to heat, fire, electricity and chemicals and use to be used extensively in the past in products such as insulation, cement and some floor tiles.

Fibrous tremolite asbestos on muscovite

 

Manufacturers and builders began using asbestos for its desirable physical properties. Asbestos use was widespread during the 20th century until public recognition of the health hazards, beginning in the 1970s, of asbestos dust, led to its outlawing by courts and legislatures in mainstream construction and fireproofing in most countries. Despite this, at least 100,000 people a year are thought to die from diseases related to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is a well-known health hazard and inhalation of the fibres and long term exposure can lead to various lung conditions. Inhaled asbestos fibres aggravate lung tissues, which cause them to scar. There are three primary diseases associated with asbestos exposure:

  • Asbestosis 
  • Lung Cancer 
  • Mesothelioma 

So now that we understand what asbestos is and the health hazards it carries, removing of asbestos safely is extremely important and no short cuts should ever be taken. It is recommended that you use a licenced asbestos removalist to remove asbestos and dispose of it safely. 

If you are removing asbestos yourself you need to take precaution and follow the necessary steps to remove it safely to protect your health and the health of those around you including children. 

Some do’s and don’ts to ensure your family and the people around you are safe. 

Do’s: 

  • Plan your job so you have all the necessary equipment on hand.
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times. 
  • Ensure no electrical wiring or electrical products are in the work area.
  • Prepare your equipment and work area before you start
  • Only wear old clothes under the coveralls. These should be disposed of when the job is completed. 
  • Cover removal area in 200um plastic drop sheets to catch any fibres, dust and debris.
  • Wet the area that contains asbestos using a gentle mist spray of water before commencement. Detergent added to the water helps improve absorption or a mix of 1 part PVA glue to 5 parts water will help bond the material to minimise any dust. 
  • Continue wetting asbestos that is exposed – if you can see it, wet it. 
  • Spray using a spray bottle to wet smaller areas.
  • Low-pressure constant spray mist using a garden hose with a mist nozzle can be used to wet larger areas outdoors such as external walls or fences.
  • Minimise the number of people in the work area.
  • Decontaminate yourself, the work area and equipment when work is completed. 
  • Dont’s:
  • Never create dust
  • Never break asbestos sheeting
  • Never work in windy conditions
  • Never use power tools or equipment that can produce dust
  • Never use brooms or brushes except for sealing if using paint or PVA glue solution
  • Never use high-pressure water spray on any asbestos product including walls, fences and roofing 
  • Never use household vacuum cleaners. Only special H class asbestos vacuum cleaners are used by licensed removalists to collect dry asbestos dust and debris. 

An interesting fact: In 2008, South Africa banned asbestos. The ban prohibits the importation and exportation of asbestos, as well as the use and manufacturing of the mineral.

I hope I have educated you a little bit more on asbestos and the dangers of being exposed to it.

 

Sources:
Wikipedia
Flickr
Mayo Clinic
Asbestos
Asbestos Awareness

 


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Featured Project: Khoemacau Copper Project – Botswana

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Description
The renamed Khoemacau Project is located in the centre of the Kalahari Copper Belt in North-Western Botswana. The Ghanzi property covers 2 149m² and contains sediment-hosted copper-silver deposits with a demonstrated cumulative tested strike length of 70km. KCM plans to build an underground mine at Khoemacau’s high-grade Zone 5 deposit. The Zone 5 resource contains 100 million tonnes of ore at 2% coppe and 20g/t silver and remains open at depth. The Zone 5 underground mine will be accessed through 3 declines and will use a highly mechanised, low-cost sub-level open stoping mining method. The project’s capital cost is estimated at $350 million, with the underground mine development being the biggest single cost component.

 

Status Region
Awarded Botswana
Category Value
Infrastructure R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Mining 5 years
Sector Class
Private Invited/Negotitated

 

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Featured Project: The Alma, Kenya – Apartments

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The Alma, Kenya – Apartments

The Palms

Description
Construction of apartment blocks for The Alma in the heart of the fast growing Ruaka neighbourhood in Kenya. The project features: Day care / nursery; club house; gym. A commercial hub which includes a mini market, restaurant / café, beauty spa, pharmacy, swimming pool, roof-top gardens, children’s playing fields, solar water heating, eco-friendly water recycling plant, borehole and sewer treatment facility and 24 hour security – manned perimeter wall, electric fencing, well-lit driveway and security check points.

 

Status Region
Underway Kenya
Category Value
Building
R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Residential 2016 onwards
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated

 

 

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Featured Project: Maokeng Mall

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Maokeng Mall

Karoshoek Solar Valley Development

Description
Construction of phase 1 of the Maokeng Mall in Smaldeel Road in Kroonstad, Free State. The approximate GLA for phase 1 is approximately 13 000m².

 

Status Region
Tender Kroonstad
Category Value
Building
R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Retail 2018 Onwards
Sector Class
Private Negotiated

 

 

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Featured Project: Pretoria Head & Neck Hospital

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Pretoria Head & Neck Hospital

Golden Gate Dinosaur Centre

Description
Construction of the proposed new 11 000m² special surgical Pretoria Head and Neck Hospital in Menlyn, Pretoria, Gauteng.

 

Status Region
Awarded Gauteng
Category Value
Building R100 Million+
Industry Timing
Healthcare August 2018 – February 2020 (18 Months)
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated

 

Pretoria Head & Neck Hospital

 

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Growth Strategies from an Expert

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Growth Strategies from an Expert

Growth Strategies from an Expert

I can honestly say that this time around I don’t feel too nervous about writing my blog even though I needed a bit of a nudge from a friend to get started…
I feel a lot more confident than last time as I did not have to google “blogging for dummies” and “how to write a blog”. Yes, I really did do that previously…😉

My blog today is Growth Strategies from an Expert. Well I am no expert that’s for sure but we are going to be looking at tips from the actual experts.

Growth Strategies from an Expert

Wouldn’t you agree that in order to successfully grow your business you need to ensure that you have a well-formulated growth strategy that fits the industry you have chosen? Both profitability and growth are equally important and necessary for a business to survive and remain operational. There is no set growth strategy, it is not a one size fits all kind of thing. Strategies that work for one business may not work for another business, but any business that commits to the process should see the benefits. It is imperative to take the time to prepare a growth strategy in order for business owners to successfully reap the benefits by recognising and seizing new opportunities ahead of the competition. Always remember that realistic strategies lead to positive results.

 

Let’s now look at 10 Growth Strategies from an Expert:

Growth Strategies from an Expert

1. Nail your value proposition
Ensuring your business sustains long term growth you need to establish what it is that makes your services / products better than your competitors. What sets you apart from them?

2. Create measurable KPI’s
Firstly, let’s look at what KPI stands for and what is means: Key Performance Indicator – A KPI is a measurable value that demonstrates how effectively a business is achieving key business objectives. KPI’s are used to evaluate their success at reaching targets. Ok… got it? So now that we have an understanding of what a KPI is, let’s look at how we can create measurable KPI’s. Start by outlining your business objective and make sure you prioritise them in order for your tactics and strategies to be identified so that they are measurable and not impossible in order to reach success.

3. Verify your revenue streams (income)
Recognise your current revenue streams and identify which new ones could be created in order to increase your business profitability.

4. Identify your customer
Identifying and knowing your customer is key for any business endeavour. Successful business owners understand what their customers want and the most effective way of making their product or service available. As a business owner, it is crucial to take every advantage to outsmart your competitor, and understanding and building upon your customer knowledge and relationship will put you ahead of the game.

5. Understand their key requirements
Customers needs and requirements are very important in business. Understanding their needs and ensuring they are happy will retain your customer base.

6. Make the most of existing business data
Look into your company data on a regular basis in order to better understand your business as well as your customer types which will lead to improved business growth.

7. Define the best communication strategies
Approach your audience and establish what is the most effective communication strategy, but this needs defining in a carefully-considered content marketing strategy. Adjust your communications to something that best suits your customer base.

8. Personalise your approach to retain leads
Let’s be honest here, without new customers, your business growth will remain stagnant. If your current customers aren’t sticking around, you’re having to do a lot more work. Your leads are the key to your business growth. So personalise your approach, not every customer is the same and some require more work.

9. Re-evaluate your competition
Never ever take your eyes off of your competition. Find ways and means to be better, this will help with growing your business.

10. Focus on your strengths
Focus on what makes you better than the competition, what sets you apart from everyone else. Identifying ways to grow doesn’t necessarily involve targeting weaknesses, focusing on strengths can also help establish the best strategies going forward. Adapt your plan to smooth out any weakness.

Growth Strategies from an Expert

“THERE IS ONLY ONE GROWTH STRATEGY: WORK HARD.” – William Hague

 

Sources:
https://www.constructionbusinessowner.com/topics/strategy/construction-company-management/developing-strategic-construction-business-plan
https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/020415/what-more-important-business-profitability-or-growth.asp

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Featured Project: Venetia Diamond Mine, Limpopo

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Venetia Diamond Mine, Limpopo

The Palms - Building

Description:

South Africa’s largest diamond mine, the De Beers-owned Venetia, situated in the Limpopo Province (approximately 80 km west of Musina and 36 km east of Alldays) is expected to take the mine underground at a capital cost of R6.5 billion. Underground operations will access resources at an increased depth of about 1 000m below the surface. The features of the first phase of the expansion included new earthmoving vehicles (EMVs), a new primary crusher and a new fines residue deposit facility, as well as associated infrastructure, which includes a new filling station and a 1 310-m2 extension to the existing EMV workshop. The ramp-up infrastructure for Cut 4 will take the Venetia mine to 2014. Phase one is Complete. Phase two of the expansion will tackle the requirements for the ramp up to Cut 5, which will take the mine to 2021.

Status:

Underway

Category:

Infrastructure

Industry:

Mining

Sector:

Private

Region:

Limpopo

Value:

R 100 Million+

Timing:

2013 onwards

Class

EPCM

 

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